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After being featured in N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and Tupac’s ‘All Eyes On Me‘ biopics, Suge Knight will be the subject of his own feature film according to recent reports.
“During the golden era of rap and hip hop, all roads led through Suge Knight,” said Whitney. “That era helped define a new brand of music and culture that changed the world.”Steve Whitney, TSW Films via Deadline.com
On Monday (Dec. 20), the former Death Row music mogul sold his life’s rights to producer Steve Whitney’s production company TSW Films. Whitney is teaming up with screenwriter Nick Cassavetes and Anthony Thorn to bring Knight’s story to the big screen.
Though there have been mutliptle claims of a biopic focused on Knight, he has refuted other claims that he sold his right until now
“Over the last 30 years, there has been so much talk about Compton, me, the inner cities, and Death Row — A lot of talk,” Knight said on past biopic claims. “Even when it comes to making my movie there has been so many imposters saying they have my rights, or they got the deal – that was, and is, all talk.”
During the 1990s, Knight was one of the most influential and polarizing members of the rap community. The Death Row Records founder was instrumental in signing some of genres’s most legendary artists in Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
DRR went downhill after Dre and Snoop Dogg departed, Tupac’s death and Knight’s incarceration for nine years due to a parole violation. By 2006, Knight and the record label declared bankruptcy.
Throughout his career, Whitney has brought a variety of real life stories to the big screen, also producing true stories in the Haunting of Conniticut, Amityville: The Awakening and One Chance.
A release date is currently unknown for Knight’s unnamed movie.
Stream Death Row Record’s 30 Anniversary playlist below.
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